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Putting Action in Motion: This is what one of the listeners wrote in after this call, “Now THAT is a $10,000.00 a day consulting value for any company struggling with challenges these days.” Ted N. Larsen, Founder and President, Nighthorses Fine Art and Book Publishing
Establishing a Successful Partnership: Frankly, partnerships are the most vulnerable associations that we can have in our personal and professional lives. The model to allow them to work is often complex and dynamic, dependent on what each member brings to the table, what is going on between members, and external influences. For the most successful personal life and business partnerships, both parties need to play three roles – leader, subordinate and partner at different times. Assessing our core competencies and the range of our task passions (excellence to don’t do so well) allow us to identify how best to overlap with others, and where our opportunities for growth are.
Making Yourself Indispensable: This is not about position, power or ego. Successful, respected people know their self-worth and do not imagine themselves as victims even when times are hard and things appear “unfair.” This is about taking charge, overcoming obstacles, and achieving your dreams at work, at home, and in life. No one can make you indispensable but you – be purpose driven, play big, be adaptable, be “we” instead of “me” centered, be priority focused, and most important add to and value others.
Letting Go to Step into Your Power: Having a clear purpose bigger than oneself pulls us to play big and let go of the past, in particular self judgment and being small and self-centered. Shift us to value others through inclusion. Life’s setbacks are just part of being human, normal, and learning. We need to replace past history with a new desired history (forgive, not necessarily forget), and envision a future of what we want, not what we are giving up or avoiding in the picture – craft an entrance vs. endure an exit strategy.
Feeling Stuck? Turning Disappointment into Enthusiasm: When we feel hopeless or stuck, it is critical to take our power back and pull out of the victim loop or spiral – ward off ignoring, denying, blaming, rationalizing, resisting and hiding. Create a new picture that is focused not on ourselves, but the larger organization, family or relationship with people special to us. This will feed a fire of enthusiasm to go forward – recognize what is not working, own our part, forgive ourselves and others, self-examine, learn, and take action. Accountability leads to counting on ourselves and others.
Dropping the Prefixes from Devalued and Unappreciated: When you feel as if even when you put your very best work forward it still isn’t getting recognized by others, the first place to go to get ahead is to start from a place of seeing value in others. Come up with a plan around two key actions: a) when I am at work, I will do my best to value those around me, and compliment them for their contributions and positive qualities, and b) when I go home or have personal time, I will express value in myself. What we openly project will bring others around to seeing our value and appreciate us in time.
Dealing with Disappointment without Being Disappointed: It is the human response to feel disappointment when things do not go the way we expected. But, are we setting ourselves up at the onset with unrealistic expectations? If we had a reasonable expectation, did we get too comfortable too soon or overstate or oversell – and can we treat every situation as an opportunity to learn, so it builds our muscles and allows the quickest rebound possible? How we “parent ourselves” through the feeling of hurt provides movement, not mulling or numbness, to get on to the next steps on our path.
Mayday! Mayday! Are we sinking or just taking on a little water? Leaders often feel they need different types of teams with different types of action plans for radical change efforts and continuous improvement change projects. Mark and Zara discuss the differences and the similarities of both types of change agendas, and in particular how often it takes radical steps to keep continuous improvement moving forward, and how sustainable radical change requires more measured continuous improvement steps in the process. The challenge for both lies in responding with urgency without a sense of crisis, and make mindful choices that allow everyone to move in the same direction.